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House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall

By: Hibbert, Christopher

Price: $8.00

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, June 1999:

Seller ID: BB0252876

ISBN: 0688053394

Condition: vg


It was a dynasty with more wealth, passion, and power than the houses of Windsor, Kennedy, and Rockefeller combined. It shaped all of Europe and controlled politics, scientists, artists, and even popes, for three hundred years. It was the house of Medici, patrons of Botticelli, Michelangelo and Galileo, benefactors who turned Florence into a global power center, and then lost it all.The House of Medici picks up where Barbara Tuchman's Hibbert delves into the lives of the Medici family, whose legacy of increasing self-indulgence and sexual dalliance eventually led to its self-destruction. Wi... View more info

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Brunelleschi's dome

By: King, Ross

Price: $6.50

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2001.:

Seller ID: BB0248702

ISBN: 0142000159

Condition: vg


An Independent Bestseller By all accounts, Filippo Brunelleschi, goldsmith and clockmaker, was an unkempt, cantankerous, and suspicious man-even by the generous standards according to which artists were judged in fifteenth-century Florence. He also designed and erected a dome over the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore-a feat of architectural daring that we continue to marvel at today-thus securing himself a place among the most formidable geniuses of the Renaissance. At first denounced as a madman, Brunelleschi literally reinvented the field of architecture amid plagues, wars, and politica... View more info

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1434: The Year A Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed To Italy And Ignited The Renaissance

By: Menzies, Gavin

Price: $8.00

Publisher: William Morrow, 2008:

Seller ID: BB0260805

ISBN: 0061492175

Condition: vg/vg


The New York Times bestselling author of 1421 offers another stunning reappraisal of history, presenting compelling new evidence that traces the roots of the European Renaissance to Chinese exploration in the fifteenth centuryThe brilliance of the Renaissance laid the foundation of the modern world. Textbooks tell us that it came about as a result of a rediscovery of the ideas and ideals of classical Greece and Rome. But now bestselling historian Gavin Menzies makes the startling argument that in the year 1434, China--then the world's most technologically advanced civilization--provided ... View more info

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Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love

By: Sobel, Dava

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA), November 2000:

Seller ID: BB0245164

ISBN: 0140280553

Condition: vg


-- Also appeared on the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Publishers Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Independent, Wordstock, NCIBA, and Booksense bestseller lists-- Winner of the Christopher Award and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award-- Named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, and the American Library Association-- Longitude sold more than 300,000 copies in paperback and spent 25 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list-- The Penguin edition features a stunning package with a beautiful step... View more info

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Galileo's daughter

By: Sobel, Dava

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 1999.:

Seller ID: BB0256537

ISBN: 0802713432

Condition: vg/vg


Inspired by a long fascination with Galileo, and by the remarkable surviving letters of Galileo's daughter, a cloistered nun, Dava Sobel has written a biography unlike any other of the man Albert Einstein called "the father of modern physics- indeed of modern science altogether." "Galileo's Daughter" also presents a stunning portrait of a person hitherto lost to history, described by her father as "a woman of exquisite mind, singular goodness, and most tenderly attached to me."  The son of a musician, Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) tried at first to enter a monastery before engaging... View more info